Past Projects

Since its establishment OFF ha cooperated with various stakeholders to implement project in the community. Some of the accomplished projects include:

Rehabilitation & Drug Treatment for Street Children in Arusha
This project was funded by CORDAID Netherlands and Childhood Health Associates Oregon USA. The Street children rehabilitation was a 3 – year project (2009 – 2011) targeting street children with a solvent drug abuse problem in the Arusha region of Tanzania.

This project aimed to provide drug treatment, rehabilitation and HIV/AIDS prevention and offer education and work opportunities, by altering their behaviour, altitude, and practices towards drugs abuse to ultimately improve their quality of life.

A total of 50 children, 20 girls and 30 boys from the streets were rehabilitated and enrolled on various vocational training of their choice. 18 children were enrolled in Cookery, 5 in Tailoring, 3 in Electrical, 1 in Carpentry, 1 in Art, 12 in Mechanics and 2 in a Welding course.

 ii: Rafiki Child Care Center Support: Catherine Mulvale of the Strategies For Life  (SFL) and her family and friends mobilised resources for the building the Rafiki Orphanage Centre.

SFL continued to support and provide funding for over 6 years to feed the children of Rafiki Orphanage, provided funding for 8 Rafiki children to attend School at Five Star high School,  and 1 to attend safari guide school.

SLF provided the funding and built the playground at Rafiki, provided the funding  to install the original well (with a friend Doug Deschner and his son Max from  provided the funds to repair the pump).

SFL provided the funding for the farming project and funding to resurrect the Vodacom-sponsored chicken coop project.

SFL (through the People Bridge Foundation and own funding)  provided funds to purchase the Sewing machines for Rafiki and sew good .Local women of Manyara region were provided with sewing machines and materials and offered training and support in making clothes and accessories using the local fabrics and materials, so as to support and sustain the Rafiki childcare center and as income generation.

All of the funding  were provided  to protect the children and offer resources to develop self-sustaining programs so that Rafiki could stand on its own. OFF were a key partner in ensuring that all these support reach Rafiki by linking with SFL.

iii: Orphans  Facility in Simanjiro: Funded by Children of Oakville and Dr. James Lace of Oregon State in America, the existing center in Simanjaro district in the Manyara region was a small, dark and damp mad hut not fit for human habitation.

The project involved construction of a new  multi-purpose hall for teaching and training, two separate dorms to accommodate a total of 35 orphans, including two wash room facilities, a kitchen, storeroom, caretaker dorm, lounge, and medical care room.

The project also provided a container full of school bags, educational material, pencils and artwork created by the 3,000 Canadian Children of Oakville Canada who together with Catherine Mulvale organized the ‘hope and seek’ – kids helping kids project, who raised the money to fund Rafiki Child Care Center. The completion of the project  included building, drilling borewell and power installation.

iv.  Ekiindim Maasai Women Group Sewing Project: This project was funded by Daniella Blyth. The aim of the project was to support the Maasai Women of Lengasti to support themselves and their families.

v.  Mererani Water & Sanitation Project: This project was provided  to support the community of Zaire ward in Mererani with the supply of water and access to clean trouble -free water. The lack of clean water system for the local community and surrounding villages creates a great impact on everyday lives to farmer, livestock, vegetation and everyday household needs such as cooking and cleaning. On completing of the construction of the water system a local water committee was formed with a community of Men and Women, to monitor the operation of borehole. The committee and the community together was provided with basic training in water sanitation and hygiene, given bicycles so as to decrease the risk water related diseases. This incredible simple but life changing project was funded by International Development Relief Funds (IDRF). Currently the project serves the majority in the village and neighbouring villages and has emerged to be an income generation for the community.

vi. Orphans Games 2009: Orphans Foundation Fund in cooperation with Wheels of Action and with a support from Vodacom Foundation Tanzania and the Embassy of The United States in Copenhagen, Denmark organised the Orphan Games 2009. The event brought together the children in the orphanages and local centers to interact, share and learn to live healthy lifestyles, encouraging positive thinking, respect and understanding for oneself and others through competitive sports.

vii. Kikatiti Water Project: In 2008 Senator Winters and Dr. James Lace funded the Water Project in Kikatiti Farm project. The Kikatiti Farm is a farm bought by Orphans Foundation Fund in order to build a vocational training centre for orphans and the most vulnerable children. Kikatiti village is located at about 37 km from Arusha city. The water project was not a success because finally the construction process resulted with dry borehole.  Initiatives are underway to construct building and harvest rain water in the reserve tanks for the use by the students at the college.

viii. Caretakers / Grandmothers and Orphan Support Project
Funded by Anna Katharina Krista and Daniella Blyth in 2007, Orphans Foundation Fund coordinated the Grandmothers and Orphan Support Project. The project was focused on micro-finance and subsidies for sustainability purposes. Several grandmothers/caretakers were supported in these areas; a) shelter services – building houses. b) food and nutritional supplements.  c) clothing and beddings. d) monthly pocket money. e) small business start-up capital. f) school fees for orphan children.

ix. Sustainable Livelihood Project
Through the fund provided by Rotary Club, Daniela Blyth and Family, Wendy and Anna Katharina Krista, OFF introduced Income Generating Activities  (IGAs) as one of the ways of alleviating the burdens borne by Orphans caretakers. The money raised gave the capital to grandmothers to start businesses in poultry, candle making, selling used clothes, rope making, and basket making among others. The project benefited 35 grandmothers.

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